California Licensure & Registration Info

The California Board Nursing licenses registered nurses and vocational/practical nurses. Nurses planning to work in California must apply to the Board of Nursing for licensure. California is not a Nurse Licensure Compact state.

Select license type you’re applying for:

Registered Nurse - Initial Licensure

Service(s) Required

English Language Proficiency Exam Results

Exams scores are not required to be submitted to CGFNS for CES

Accepted English Language Proficiency Test and Passing Exam Scores:

  • TOEFL Overall Score: 83; Speaking Score: 26
  • IELTS Overall Score: 6.5; Speaking Score: 7.0

Notes

*Credentials Evaluation Service may be required by Board of Nursing

Registered Nurse - Endorsement

Service(s) Required

English Language Proficiency Exam Results

Exams scores are not required to be submitted to CGFNS for CES

Notes

*Credentials Evaluation Service may be required by Board of Nursing

Licensed Practical Nurse - Initial Licensure

Service(s) Required

English Language Proficiency Exam Results

Exams scores are not required to be submitted to CGFNS for CES

Accepted English Language Proficiency Test and Passing Exam Scores:

  • TOEFL Overall Score: 79; Speaking Score: 26
  • IELTS Overall Score: 6.0; Speaking Score: 7.0

Notes

*Credentials Evaluation Service may be required by Board of Nursing

Licensed Practical Nurse - Endorsement

Service(s) Required

English Language Proficiency Exam Results

Exams scores are not required to be submitted to CGFNS for CES

Notes

*Credentials Evaluation Service may be required by Board of Nursing

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